Too many awesome foods! Too little time!
Let’s get on to the eats right away shall we??
AM Pumpkin Blueberry-Lime Oats
I love making my morning oats look different every day. They also taste SO different depending on what yogurt flavor I choose to use! Following yesterday’s trend, I thought it would be interesting to pair the richer and creamy pumpkin flavors with lime yogurt! I topped it all off with frozen blueberries, banana, and studded the top with some Quaker oatmeal squares and a dash of milk.
The verdict? Not bad, but I think I’m going to stick to pumpkin and more neutral yogurt flavors.
“You definitely have very INTERESTING tastes…” Someone’s exact words when they saw this lunch of mine.
Lunch was 2 sandwiches!!! An appetizer and an entree, because I have been desperately wanting to try the apple & almond butter sandwich combo!!!!
It was delicious, but because I was SO eager to try it, I totally forgot to take a picture of the whole ensemble before stuffing it in my face. I do have a close-up picture of half of my appetizer though!!! This was while my Barney Butter was still melting all over the toast! Yummm.
That was definitely the best part! I liked the crisp apple paired with the smooth creamy-ness of BB as is spills all over the warm rye bread. Next time though, I’d probably microwave the apple so it’s warm and a little softer, then sprinkle some cinnamon on top before assembling.
Here was my main course! It is a BBQ-baked tofu with sun-dried tomato & basil hummus on sprouted rye bread (sandwiched with 1 kirby cubumber). On the side, you see the remenants of a giant green apple I used to make my apple sandwich and POPCHIPS!!!!! (Keep reading for my thoughts!)
I’m featuring my homebaked BBQ tofu that went into the sandwich. Although the tofu tasted good by itself thanks to the lovely honey BBQ sauce it was marinated in, I prefer the tofu in my sandwiches raw so the flavorful hummus can do it’s AWESOME job.
The awesome folks over at PopChips sent me two flavors to review along with a lovely hand-written note from Emma, their wonderful PR representative. (Thank you so much for that special touch!!)
Just a little bit of info on PopChips:
- They are less than half the fat of fried chips
- They REALLY are popped ! Not fried, nor baked!
- Come in flavors: original, BBQ, salt & pepper, sea salt & vinegar, & Parmesan garlic
- Yes, they are made of potatoes
- 1 serving is ~19-22 chips and has 120 calories with 4g of fat
Here’s the BBQ flavor I had for lunch. Keep in mind…I’m a HUGE bbq fan, so I’m also slightly biased.
First Impression: They look a lot like the Genisoy soy crisps but not as flat! I also got a nice little whiff of BBQ smell when I opened the bag, but it was faint. When I took them out of the package, I didn’t notice an over-abundance of seasoning clinging to my fingers (that I sometimes enjoy licking off from the Genisoy’s & BBQ baked lays), but I’m sure less salt and seaoning must be better for me! I feel healthier already!
Flavor: Very flavorful indeed – but very much like a “healthy” potato chip! They are seasoned just like your traditional BBQ chips, just without the greasy after-taste. It has a faint rustic smoky flavor with a sublte potato-flavor undertone. I totally get the BBQ flavor without the overly salty (like Lays baked BBQ chips). I’m still ambivalent about whether I like the “lack of” BBQ seasoning to lick them off my fingers, but it really is just personal preference.
Texture: Very crunchy, but not as crisp and “snappy” as regular potato chips. It is definitely NOT airy (like Quaker mini rice cakes), which I really appreciate because you actually feel like you’re eating a chip!
Overall: I definitely enjoyed the flavors and the texture of these chips! PopChips aren’t quite as bad for you as a regular fried potato chip, yet it isn’t QUITE as good for you as soy crisps. I do wish Popchips were even lower in calories, though fat count is good. As a potato chip replacement, PopChips are terrific, but it wasn’t like I was reaching for the bag again after polishing off my serving… Come to the think of it, it’s probably a GREAT thing that this is a non-addictive chip right?
Stay tuned for some salt & peppa PopChips!
Obviously, stay tuned for Barney Butter winners!!! I’m SO excited!! I finally feel like I’m doing some good for mankind.